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0 ILO Technical Memorandum on the draft Labour Code of Hungary
The International Labour Office (ILO) issued a Technical Memorandum on the draft Labour Code of Hungary on 9 November 2011. The Office examined the draft Labour Code in light of both international labour standards and comparative labour law and practice at the request of the six Hungarian trade union confederations (ASZSZ, ÉSZT, LIGA, MSZOSZ, MOSZ and SZEF).
Press release in Hungarian and English

0 Sub-regional Tripartite Conference on “Achievements and challenges ahead for social dialogue institutions in the Western Balkan countries and Moldova
9-10 November 2011, Becici, Montenegro
The meeting will review the results achieved of the joint technical project implemented by the International Labour Office and funded by the Austrian Development Agency on “Consolidating the legal and institutional foundations of social dialogue in the Western Balkan countries and Moldova” and identify challenges ahead in the area of social dialogue in the Western Balkans and Moldova. The meeting also will promote tripartism and social dialogue as effective tools of economic and social governance by providing gap analysis, advocacy and recommendations to participants. It will highlight the importance of freedom of association and the right of collective bargaining in the subregion especially in time of crisis and economic difficulties and discuss the way forward to enable their full realization.

0 The Global Jobs Pact: Supporting strategies to recover from the crisis in South-Eastern Europe
Split, Croatia, 12-13 October 2011.
The objective of the conference is to share knowledge on crisis recovery experiences of the Balkan countries, as well as to define the main characteristics and features of successful policy design options for a sustainable recovery and to provide recommendations for a jobs-led recovery. more

0 Decent Work Indicators in Moldova
7 October 2011, Chisinau -- The National Bureau of Statistics in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family and other partners, developed a tentative set of statistical indicators on decent work in accordance with Country Program on Decent Work of Moldova, 2008-2011 and the ILO recommendations. more

0 Experts Meeting on Pension Reform in Central and Eastern Europe will be held on 6 and 7 October 2011 in Mercure Warsaw Fryderyk Chopin Hotel, Warsaw, Poland.
To support the process to develop policy and strategy for pension reform, the ILO, cooperation with the Institute of Labour and Social Studies of Poland, will organize an Experts meeting on Pension Reform in Central and Eastern Europe in Warsaw in the period of the Polish Presidency of the Council of the EU. The Conference brings together social security experts from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Poland and Romania as well as academe and international organizations. The Conference aims to share good practices and lessons learned in the pension reforms at the national levels, and to provide a policy forum to discuss the key issues in the future pension systems in the countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

0 Employers’ Organisations’ Subregional Conference: Strengthening Social Dialogue to Meet Post-Crisis Opportunities and Challenges
With the financial support of the Austrian Development Agency’s project on Consolidating the Legal and Institutional Foundations of Social Dialogue in the Countries of the Western Balkans and Moldova
Hotel Moskva Belgrade, Serbia, 5-6 October 2011
How Employers’ Organisations can assist their members to meet the opportunities and challenges brought about by the economic and financial crises will be one of the key topics at a meeting in Belgrade next week. Twenty one high level representatives from Employers’ Organisations from six countries* of the Western Balkans and Moldova will participate in a two day Conference on 5 and 6 October 2011.
Press release, Background note, Agenda

0 ILO High-level brainstorming conference: Geneva, 3-4 October 2011
“Europe is at stake” - European Brainstorming Conference calls for socially responsible fiscal consolidation and more political willingness to cooperate among European countries
GENEVA (ILO News) – A High-Level Brainstorming Conference, bringing together prominent international experts, representatives of governments, members of the European Parliament, employers’ and workers’ representatives, was organized by the ILO’s Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia and the International Institute for Labour Studies on 3 and 4 October 2011 in Geneva. The Conference noted that not enough attention was paid to the social and economic risks of a prolonged job crisis in Europe. It discussed ways of tackling the twin fiscal and jobs deficits, provided there is political leadership and willingness to cooperate among European countries, particularly surplus and deficit countries and to achieve more policy coherence between economic, employment and social policies including the respect for international labour standards.
Press release in English and Hungarian

0 Tracking an unseen economy: Major gathering in Budapest presents new study to help measure economic value of volunteering
The high-level Global Volunteering Conference taking place in Budapest celebrates the 10th anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers, which called on governments to improve their measurement of volunteer work. Participants at sessions on Saturday 17 September will be introduced to the new Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work published by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in cooperation with the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Center for Civil Society Studies supported by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme. more

0 ILO’s Somavia says the real economy must take the driver’s seat in the global economy
“The real economy must take the driver’s seat in the global economy, with a financial system at its service” Mr. Somavia told members of the European Parliament during an address in Strasbourg.
Press release, Video, Speech, Hungarian press release

0 Hungarian trade unions ask the International Labour Office to review the new Labour Code
BUDAPEST (ILO News) - All six Hungarian trade union confederations (MSZOSZ - National Confederation of Hungarian Trade Unions, LIGA - Democratic League of Free Trade Unions, MOSZ - National Federation of Workers' Councils, SZEF - The Forum for the Co-operation of Trade Unions, ASZSZ - Autonomous Trade Union Confederation, ÉSZT - Confederation of Unions of Professionals) have asked for the support of the International Labour Office (ILO) to review the draft of the new Labour Code of Hungary published on 25 July 2011 by the Ministry of National Economy on its website.

The ILO will examine the draft Labour Code in the light of International Labour Standards and comparative law and practice by early October 2011. In the interests of promoting transparent social dialogue the ILO will send its comments to the government and workers’ and employers’ organizations. Press release in Hungarian

0 Seminar on "The role and function of an effective organization of employers" in Albania
BiznesAlbania, in cooperation with the ILO (International Labour Organisation) Decent Work Technical Support Team and Country Office for Central and Eastern Europe and the financial support of the project of the Austrian Development Agency, "Consolidation of the legal and institutional foundations of social dialogue in the Western Balkans and Moldova", organized in Durres, on 8 & 9 September 2011, the workshop “The role and function of an effective organization of employers”
Press release in English and Albanian


New publications
  Promoting economic diversity in Ukraine Promoting economic diversity in Ukraine: the role of the business enabling environment, skills policies and export promotion
ILO, Budapest, 2010
Available in pdf in English and Ukrainian

This report examines to which extent the concentration of Ukraine’s production and export structure has contributed to turning Ukraine into one of the countries hardest hit by the global economic and financial crisis. It then discusses the role increased diversification can play in reducing the country’s vulnerability to future shocks and bringing the country back onto a strong and sustainable growth path. It proceeds to analyze obstacles to enhanced diversification and sustainable growth in terms of the business environment, the availability of skills, and the situation of global markets for Ukrainian exports. While an analysis at the aggregate level can give useful guidance as to possible policy directions for enhancing economic diversification, an in-depth analysis of individual sectors is useful – if not necessary - in order to design concrete policy proposals. It is for this reason that two sectors will be analyzed in more detail in this report: the basic metal and metal processing industry and the tourism industry with a particular focus on the hotel sector.
     
  Impact of the financial crisis on wages, income distribution and the tax system Impact of the financial crisis on wages, income distribution and the tax system
by Gennadii T. Kulikov, Viktoriia V. Blyzniuk. ILO, Budapest, 2010
Available in pdf in English and Ukrainian
This report provides an analysis of the impact of the crisis on wages, income distribution and the tax system in Ukraine and suggests policy recommendations.
     
  Assessment of the social security system in Ukraine 2008-09: crisis response and future reforms Assessment of the social security system in Ukraine 2008-09: crisis response and future reforms
by Nina Baranova and Kenichi Hirose, ILO, Budapest, 2010
Available in pdf in English and Ukrainian
The global economic crisis — the “Great Recession” — has had a profound impact on the world of work. In Ukraine, the negative effects of the crisis on enterprises and workers emerged in late 2008, but have worsened since. This study has been produced as part of the ILO’s efforts to support the country’s crisis response and its attempts to achieve a sustainable and inclusive economic recovery, in line with the Global Jobs Pact. It provides an assessment of the current social security system in Ukraine in the context of the global economic crisis and identifies priority actions in the field of social security.  
     
  Employees' claims in the event of employer insolvency in Romania: Employees' claims in the event of employer insolvency in Romania: A comparative review of national and international regulations
Brandusa Bartolomei; edited by Cristina Mihes and Verena Schmidt, ILO, Budapest, 2011
Available in pdf in English and Romanian

This study analyses the increase in insolvency proceedings in Romania in line with the global economic crisis. It analyses their prevalence by region and by sector. It then considers the legal steps taken by Romania to protect workers in the face of widespread employer insolvency. However, as unemployment is on the rise and relatively few persons benefit from the Wage Guarantee Fund, it remains important to seek ways to mitigate the negative effects of insolvency on workers in Romania.
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